building bear paws

scrappy bear paw accent blocks

Most of this week’s sewing focused on my bear paw.  I stitched together all the accent blocks so now I can assembly line the blocks together.  

Here they are along with the log cabin accent I already put into a block.

bear paw accent blocks

It turned into a fun sampler project.  I pulled most of the blocks from Barbara Brackman’s, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  

Here’s a block I’m working on today.

deconstructed bear paw block

My center square, along with the claws are 2 1/2″ unfinished.  The accent block and 4 square scrappy blocks are 4 1/2″ unfinished.  In the end, I have a block the will be 14″ finished.  

Here’s another block I shared on Instagram yesterday.

bear paw with polar bear

A bear paw quilt has to have bear, doesn’t it?

snow day and a quilt

It’s looking more like January at the cottage today.


Schools are closed and the spouse is working from home so it’s a full house. In between knocking down icicles and sledding I caught a few shots of the quilt I finished last night.


It’s been a year in the making. It’s made from the Half Square Triangle Block of the Month that Jeni shared on her blog last year.


Most of the fabrics I used are from Moda’s etchings line by 3 sisters.

01-13 hst quilt

There is also good selection from Bunny Hill’s Putting on the Ritz along with some bits from my stash including some French General and some repro prints. It’s bound with a cursive print from etchings.

01-12 block in hst quiltThe back is a mix of grey prints.

grey stripe back of HST BOM quilt

Thankfully the wind didn’t blow the quilt away, but it tried.